Anita Tóth

Trumpet

Hometown: Oroszlány, Hungary

Alma maters: Faculty of Art, Győr University, Hungary

Instagram: @atina_htot

Photos by Matt Dine

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Awards/Competitions: 3rd Place, 2013 Concerto Competition of Győr University, Hungary; Special Prize, 2014 National Trumpet Competition, Debrecen, Hungary; 1st Place, 2014 Concerto Competition of Győr University, Hungary; 3rd Place and Special Prize, 2014 National Trumpet Competition, Budapest, Hungary

Appearances: Grafenegg Academy Orchestra, 2018

Earliest memory of classical music: My trumpet teacher in music school showed me the Haydn trumpet concerto. I was completely impressed.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? In music camp when I was in elementary school I saw that music teachers and people who can play music are the coolest people in the world. I wanted to be one of them.

What inspired you to audition for TŌN? I have an old friend who played in the orchestra, who is also a Hungarian trumpet player.

Which composer or genre of music do you feel you connect with the most? Playing Mahler’s music with an orchestra like The Orchestra Now is one of the best things that could happen to a brass player.

What has been your favorite experience as a musician? I had the opportunity to play Kodály’s Háry János with the company of the National Theatre of Győr in the Hungarian Opera House, where the piece was premiered. The piece is very challenging for trumpets.

If you could play another instrument, what would it be? French horn. They have the best parts in orchestra pieces.

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? I’d be a zookeeper!

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why? The biggest Hungarian lake, the Balaton. That is the most calming place for me.